Lady Griffins outmuscle East St. John to move back atop district standings

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Brittany Lacy converts in transition ahead of East St. John’s Waneisha Creecy in the first half of the Lady Griffins’ 56-31 District 6-5A victory Friday night.

GEISMAR?– Dutchtown’s Ka’Nesheia Cobbins lit up the scoreboard for 17 fourth quarter points as the Lady Griffins pulled away handily from?East St. John 56-31 to move back atop District 6-5A standings Friday night at DTHS’ gym.

Cobbins scored eight of 10 points in a span between quarters to put Dutchtown head 43-21 and closed the night with a putback to reflect the final tally.

“She picked it up,” Dutchtown head coach Annette Lowery said. “She was having to run the offense, set it up and break the press. I was using her in utility spots and finally, we decided to bring the offense up so we could get the ball to her but a lot of it came in transition and off the boards. She is only 5-9 but she can really jump and positions herself well. She is very strong defensively to get to the places where she can get rebounds.”

“We rest their legs with substitutions keeping the rotation going so I can keep them fresh but anyone of them can start on any given night. That is a compliment to the young ladies because they work extremely hard. If we concentrate a little more on layups we are going to be even better in the transition game if we continue to work hard.”

Cobbins finished with a game-high 24 points for Dutchtown (17-8, 5-1), while Maureen Gross added 12, LaToya Evans provided 10, Brittany Lacy had five, Jodi Hill and Ciera Dukes each chipped in two and Morgan McCory had one.

Waneisha Creecy led East St. John (15-13, 1-5)  with 21 points, while Harley Guaff added three and Kanitra Lee and Chardy Johnson each had two. 

“They kind of brought it to us,” East St. John coach Joe Williams said. “I can’t take anything away from them. They are pretty strong. Our transition defense was slow on rotation. (Cobbins) gets down the court pretty fast and by the time they think about she is gone. She runs track, so that is what I tried to stress to them. They beat us at our place, so I knew we had a tough challenge coming in here.”

Cobbins fed Gross inside in transition to put the Lady Griffins ahead 13-7 going into the second quarter after Creecy passed to Guaff for a 3-pointer on the right wing.

Dukes fed Evans inside to open the second frame before Evans dished to Lacy in transition. After Creecy’s floater in the lane, Cobbins fed Evans in transition.

Creecy drove lane to cut it to 22-11 before Cobbins used Gross as a shield in transition. Evans’ hop in transition from?Victoria Lowery gave Dutchtown a 29-13 halftime lead after Gross dished to her inside following Lee’s putback.

Cobbins’ spin inside from Evans put the Lady Griffins ahead 35-21 going into the fourth quarter after Creecy nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner. Creecy’s drive opened the frame before Evans and Lacy fed Gross inside.

Cobbins outmuscled the Lady Wildcats to open the final frame before Evans fed Gross inside. Cobbins’ drive around in transition and putback preceded Creecy’s consecutive 3-pointers from the right wing off inbounds passes before Cobbins’ spin inside and one off a rebound put Dutchtown ahead 46-27.

Cobbins’ putback preceded her dish to Evans in transition before Creecy’s 3-pointer and Dukes dish to Cobbins in transition.

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Dutchtown's Ka'Nesheia Cobbins